Top 4 hacks for your bathroom

[] Lack of space need not mean that home owners cannot have aesthetic and comfortable bathrooms in their homes. We offer some suggestions on how to turn this space into a relaxing place to unwind

The bathroom is not just a space for personal hygiene. It is also a space that allows a home’s inhabitants to devote time to themselves. Over the years, bathrooms have undergone a lot of change, in terms of how they are designed. Let us face it: while the space may be restricted, the needs are not. Therefore, 2018 is going to be all about the return to organic, natural, practical and fresh designs that also utilise space-saving techniques. Given below are a few trends that home owners can easily try.

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1. Bathroom is the new living room

The bathroom is a space, where one spends a great deal of time. Most people spend the first and last minutes of their waking hours in the bathroom. Therefore, it has to be superior in both, functionality, as well as aesthetic appeal.

Tip: An accent wall can add sparkle to the space. This is a great option for home owners, who are looking for an inexpensive bathroom design. A bright coat of paint or geometric tiles add character to the space. If you are feeling a bit creative, you can have a graphic drawn on an entire wall, or hang a large painting that covers the entire wall or even opt for a mirrored wall that will make the room look huge.

Glass fittings can also be used, to separate the wet and dry sections in a bathroom. Moreover, the use of glass will make the space brighter. However, ensure that your fittings are also water-resistant.

Glass fittings that are not coated to withstand moisture, will give rise to more issues than benefits, in the long run.

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Adding shower plants and flowers in the bathroom, not only creates a calming ambiance but purifies the air, as well.

2. Being eco-friendly is in

The bathroom is the hotspot for wastage of water, excessive use of paper and a place where bath and cleaning products seem to multiply without end. Green or eco-friendly interior design, focuses on saving water, improving indoor air quality through the materials used, as well as reducing the impact on the environment.

Tip: For an eco-friendly bathroom, it is necessary to focus on hardware that does not use harmful chemicals during its manufacture. There are many companies that use harmful coatings while manufacturing hardware and buying such products makes you a party to environmental degradation, albeit indirectly. Choose zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) or low-VOC paints on the walls, to reduce the chemical intoxication that can happen in the long term.

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3. Minimalistic designs

For many home owners, their dream bathroom is inspired by luxury magazines, with enormous bathtubs, closets and expensive marble flooring. However, with space crunch being a reality, architects and interior designers have proved that even smaller bathrooms can be just as great, if designed properly.

Tip: The secret to making small bathrooms comfortable and not cramped, is efficiently using every inch.

One can utilise the small space in a bathroom efficiently, by opting for space-saving walk-in showers, corner sink, shelves instead of cabinets and large floating vanities, to increase the perception of space. You can install an extended counter over your toilet, or add glass shower doors, with towel stands on the door, which can give a spacious feel to the room. Adding collapsible cabinets and hidden storage, are other viable options. All these are possible, if you use the right hardware.

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Many leading hardware brands are working with designers and architects, to create multi-utility cabinets and fittings for homes.

4. Safety first

One of the common mistakes that home owners make, is using the wrong lock on the bathroom door. With its slippery and hard surfaces, the bathroom can be an accident-prone area. Following simple tips, can ensure the safety of your loved ones.

Tip: By keeping the floor dry and clutter-free, the probability of slippage decreases.

In homes that have senior citizens or people with illness, the bathrooms should have locks that can be easily opened from outside. This ensures easy access to the person inside the bathroom, in case of an emergency. Adhering to safety measures, by investing in the right bathroom hardware, is also imperative in homes with children and elderly persons.

While designing your home, it makes sense to keep durability and the future in mind, to ensure that the value of the property goes up. These small hacks can help you to design the perfect, functional, efficient and stylish bathroom for 2018.

(The writer is executive VP and head of business, Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems)

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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